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CLEANING / WASHING ROPE

Now when working with rope, rope can get dirty really fast, rope is like a little kid, it will piece up anything it can touch!. So it best to make sure the area you doing rope bondage is clean, and make sure the rope is clean at all time. Because whatever get embedded into the rope, will be embedded into you victim when you tie them up with the rope. Rope loves to snag on things, especially glass fragments, paper clips, jewelry, shoes the top is wearing, etc.

Checking rope before use

The easiest way to do this, which also works with the style of Japanese rope bondage, is doubling up the rope. The easiest want to do that, is fine the 2 ends of the rope (the Tails), take your main hand, spilt the 2 tails between 3 of your fingers in your off hand (so.. Finger / rope / finger / rope / finger ) and pull the rope threw till you get to the other end, the mid point (the bite). Now what this will do is you can feel all the rope going threw your fingers. Now keep pulling the rope till you get to the center. Doing this you will make sure your rope is nice and clean and ready to be put on your victim.

Washing rope

MFP, Cotton, Nylon etc. The easiest way to clean these tppes, is to do a chain stitch to it, throw it into a pillow case and tie a knot to keep the pillow case closed. By doing this, you can then put the pillowcase usually with up to 200 to 250 ft of chain stitched rope in it, into the washer. Set it on cold to warm (remember MFP doesn't like heat), and throw some crystal bleach in with it (don't use liquid, it leaves a weird coating on the rope), and wash it like you do your clothes. Then hang it to air dry, which should only take no more then 8 hours. This work with most common American rope, such as cotton and nylon also.

Hemp / jute / sisal etc which are plant fiber based type of rope, putting them in a washing machine is not a very good idea. The best way to clean those types of rope, is to boil them in a pot of hot water, sun drying and then oiling them with mink oil or Vaseline once done. You should not boil plant fiber rope more then a couple times a year

Storing

Storing rope is very important, because 98% of the time most likely you wont be using your rope. So you want to make sure it is stored properly so when you want to use it, its ready. You always want to keep rope in a dry area, so that it won't mold, and out of direct sunlight so it wont warp, and don't place other equipment on top of your rope, so it wont get compressed or damaged.

I normally store my MFP, Nylon and Cotton based rope chain stitched In a bag, or hanging from a rack. Plant fiber based rope which are twisted rope, you want to do a Over-arm Coil or figure 8 coil to, to keep the rope tight and from untwisting.


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